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The History of English in Ten Minutes

Where did the phrase ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ come from? And when did scientists finally get round to naming sexual body parts? Voiced by Clive Anderson, this entertaining romp through 'The History of English' squeezes 1600 years of history into 10 one-minute bites, uncovering the sources of English words and phrases from Shakespeare and the King James Bible to America and the Internet. Bursting with fascinating facts, the series looks at how English grew from a small tongue into a major global language before reflecting on the future of English in the 21st century.

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Spanish: espacios públicos

Do you want to improve your language skills and communicate more easily and effectively in Spanish? This free course, Spanish: Espacios públicos, concentrates on Spanish as a tool for communication, but it also provides some insights into Hispanic societies and cultures through authentic printed and audio materials. This OpenLearn course focuses on public spaces and how to get by in a Hispanic city.

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20 hrs
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Beginners’ French: food and drink

Improve your language skills by learning to communicate more easily and effectively in French. In this free course, Beginners' French: Food and drink, you will also gain an insight into French societies and cultures through focusing on food and drink. You will listen to French speakers in a variety of situations, and you will be provided with some skills for coping with reading texts.

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5 hrs
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How Elvish has had greater impact than Esperanto

Why has Tolkien's fantasy language had a greater impact than those who attempted to engineer a universal language?

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Discovering Wales and Welsh: first steps

This free course, Discovering Wales and Welsh, introduces you to who the Welsh people are via a brief look at history and two significant figures, Owain Glyndŵr and Llywelyn the Last. You will also learn the basics of Welsh pronunciation and how to greet people in Welsh.

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4 hrs
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Family Tree of the Habsburg dynasty

A family tree showing relations of the Habsburg dynasty.

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The Language of Brexit

Dr Graeme Davis discusses the etymology of the word 'Brexit'.  

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